Dec 7, 2012 8:00am PST
the president obama's national security team. >> christians, jews, men, women, every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future and a future of this kind can not possibly include assad. >> reporter: the administration has been reluctant to get involved militarily in syria for the past 20 months of fighting but recognizes it will likely get drawn in to fill the vacuum when assad goes which is seen as inevitability at this point. pentagon planners recognize they can't sit on the sidelines. there is increasing evidence some of the shoulder-fired missiles known as manpads which the cia were trying to track and contain in libya, may have migrated to syria, bringing down a syrian fighter jet and helicopter last week. then there are reports of chemical weapons, sarin gas being loaded into canisters for possible use. the u.s. set up a task force at a base north of ammon, jordan with 150 u.s. special forces working on a plan to secure assad's chemical weapons. >> the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has m
Dec 12, 2012 10:00am PST
't kill people. arms do. and obama firing all this rhetoric in the direction of the syrian obsession didn't help a bit. when the saudis and qataris gave the jihadis real arms, good quality arms, that only helped. now our only chance, megyn, to pull this out, for the administration actively, get the cia on the ground, actively supply good quality weapons to the factions we know lean westward. and we can sort them out. it is a myth we can't tell the difference. and we have two interests in syria, in the long term. one, a rule of law democracy of sorts that doesn't abuse women and doesn't harbor terrorists. but there's another thing that people are overlooking. there's an operational prize for us. if we can get our hands on the assad's security services files, it would be a treasure trove telling us who in iraq was betraying us, what the iranians are doing, what the russians are up to. if we're not gaming how to get control of that stuff as soon as assad falls or at least access to it, we're throwing away another great chance. we're good at throwing away chances. megyn: why do say we need th
Dec 11, 2012 7:00am PST
egypt's already ailing economy. >>> the obama administration tightening its ties to syria's main opposition group. the u.s. is expected to recognize the new opposition council as the only legitimate representative of the syrian people at an international conference in morocco. britain and france, they've already extended full recognition to that coalition. >>> well, secretary of state, hillary clinton, was supposed to represent the u.s. tomorrow at the friends of syria meeting in mow co but she has a -- morocco but she has a stomach flu. >>> congress is scheduled to break for the holidays this friday. as alison burns reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, both parties have their sticking points. alison? >> reporter: tori, the pressure is on. members of congress are back this morning after a long weekend. and in just about 15 minutes, democrats will be speaking out about the fiscal cliff saying medicaid should not be subject to cuts. in the past 48 hours since president obama and john boehner met face to face, no details on the discussions have -- have been released. the pres
Dec 5, 2012 3:00pm PST
. the syrian government has a number of sites containing what may be the largest chemical weapons stockpile in the world. it's made up largely of sarin nerve gas, mustard gas and cyanide. on monday, president obama sounded a warning, amid reports of unusual activity at the weapon sites. >> the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> reporter: assad's regime answered that it would never use such weapons against its own people, but today, at nato headquarters in brussels, secretary of state hillary clinton renewed the warning. >> our concerns are that increasingly desperate assad regime might turn to chemical weapons, or might lose control of them to one of the many groups that are now operating within syria. so, as a part of the absolute unity that we all have on this issue, we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line. and those responsible would be held to account. >> brown: that was a view shared by u.n.